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The New Jew Canon: The Chosen

The New Jew Canon is a long-term project that seeks to canonize essential Jewish (and some Non-Jewish) reads as recommended by extraordinary rabbis, experts, and cultural leaders. Suggestions are welcome via comments or email. Title: The Chosen Author: Chaim Potok … Read More

By / September 8, 2008

The New Jew Canon is a long-term project that seeks to canonize essential Jewish (and some Non-Jewish) reads as recommended by extraordinary rabbis, experts, and cultural leaders. Suggestions are welcome via comments or email.

Title:

The Chosen

Author:

Chaim Potok

Description:

My recommendation is Chaim Potok’s "The Chosen" (I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s ever recommended this, but what the heck.) My rationale is that the book teaches of the fear, suspicion and dislike shared by two acquaintances from different worlds, and how all of these give way to the realization that they have a common heritage and tradition, leading the way to friendship.
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Josh Martin is the founder of The Lebanon Project, a student-led service, peace, and education venture in partnership with Lebanese NGOs and student groups.  Complementary to his work on The Lebanon Project, he contributes to numerous activist organizations advocating Middle Eastern solutions and has been recognized extensively for his efforts in bringing NYU’s student body together around community development. Prior to these endeavors, Josh lived in the Middle East for two years, working on various volunteer initiatives.

The New Jew Canon is a long-term project that seeks to canonize essential Jewish (and some Non-Jewish) reads as recommended by extraordinary rabbis, experts, and cultural leaders. Suggestions are welcome via comments or tips. For more New Jew Canon recommendations, visit Jewcy’s New Jew Canon Listmania.